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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, January 2017

…one realizes what an interesting workshop film music must have been for Vaughan Williams. There’s every feature of his style to be found. Many snatches of harmony and mysterious writing remind one of Job. Violin solos hearken back to The Lark Ascending. The “Poet” movement of Three Elizabeths revisits the slow movement of the Sea Symphony and foreshadows that of the Ninth. And of course, there’s lots of going to sea here with brass, drums, bells, cymbals, and seagulls. In fact, the more you hear music in Coastal Command, the more readily you understand where Walton’s Henry V and some of the atmospherics in Peter Grimes originated.

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Film Music: The Neglected Art, September 2016

Don’t expect to hear a Hollywood type score with lots of brass, a bit of loudness, and memorable marching type themes. This is still Vaughan Williams and a wonderful addition to your collection. If there is a bit of agitation and excitement, it can be found in Coastal Command (1942). © 2016 Film Music: The Neglected Art Read complete review

Classic FM, August 2016

Vaughan Williams composed in a wide range of genres and film music became a significant part of his output in the latter decades of a long and distinguished career. He took film scores seriously, seeking to “intensify the spirit of the whole” in wartime productions such as the defiantly anti-Nazi 49th Parallel and Coastal Command, in which the graceful romance of sea-planes sends the spirits soaring. On this album, the haunting and evocative atmosphere of The Flemish Farm contrasts with The England of Elizabeth: Three Portraits that evoke the first Elizabethan age and announce the springtime of the second. © 2016 Classic FM

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, July 2016

Penny’s performance…comes across with considerable majesty and power; not at all hurried.

…splendidly recorded and performed disc. …There are tangs and flavours here that you will not have heard before. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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